“You can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the corn. But you cannot make it rain. You cannot prevent an early frost. You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life. The rain may or may not fall, but one thing is certain: you will get a harvest only if you planted something in the field. It is important to do everything in our power to ensure our success, but we also need to let the universe take its course.” ~ Melody Beattie …
We are in control of our own destiny. Just as a farmer determines his harvest by choosing what he plants, and decides the amount of work he puts into preparing the fields and tending to and nourishing his crop, we too can determine our life. We decide how much work we will put into preparing ourselves, what we will plant, how much time and effort we will exert nourishing and tending to our minds, hearts, bodies, and souls. Still, as Melody also mentions, there are some things like the weather, that are out of our control, and that is ok. As long as we plant something, and have faith in life and in God, the harvest will come.
The more we try to manage things that are out of our control, the further away from success and fulfillment we find ourselves. That is because it can be incredibly disheartening and stressful to try to change things that are not in our power to change–it is an exercise in futility. We need to concentrate our energies on changing the things that are in our power to change–our attitudes, our goals, our temperament, our integrity, our determination, and so on–the rest will follow.
Sometimes we just have to let go and let live. Life is providing for us all the necessary rain, nutrients, sunshine, and time that is necessary for our harvest. The important thing is that we do our part of preparing the field, planting the seeds, and tending to the crops as best we can.
Discover some additional peace and faith in your life.
Questions to consider:
How can we find faith in the intrinsic course of our lives? How can such faith strengthen our resolve?
Have you accepted your portion of responsibility for who and what you are?
What are some of the choices and actions you have made that have contributed towards making you the person you are today?
For further thought:
“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.” ~ Swami Vivekananda